Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday for January 29, 2019

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple:
  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List:

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Beauty of Genius

Book Review of “The Only Woman in the Room” by Marie Benedict.

The name Hedy Lamarr might not mean much to many younger people these days, nor will the name Hedwig Kiesler, with or without the additional names of her many husbands. But Hedy Lamarr was a very popular screen and stage actress in Vienna and later, Hollywood from the 1930s through the 1950s. More importantly, something else you may never have heard of was her invention of spread-spectrum technology for frequency hopping. However, this was a precursor for many things I’m sure you have heard of, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology, as well as GPS. Yes, it is true that a beautiful, glamorous movie star helped invent something that led to things that we use each and every day (not to mention how this same technology has been used by the military with their drones since the Viet Nam War). Unfortunately, almost surely due to the misogyny of the era, her invention went ignored, despite the fact that it could have solved some deadly military problems faced allied forces during WWII. It therefore seems that the story of her life that led to this amazing invention is long overdue, and I’m thrilled that Benedict has done just this in her latest historical, biographical, women’s fiction novel.

Friday, January 18, 2019

7 Centuries and 6 Families of Paris

Book Review of “Paris: The Epic Novel of the City of Lights” by Edward Rutherfurd


Epic is a word that has been bandied about far too often, and putting it into the subtitle of this novel might seem a bit pretentious. However, it is precisely the word that use be used about this book, seeing as it is not only long (my copy had 832 pages), but it also covers several centuries of the history of this amazing city. With this, Edward Rutherfurd has gathered together a small group of families, which he has placed within this backdrop, at various stages ranging from the 1261 all the way through to 1968!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Trash or Treasure Tuesday!

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AKA “Down The TBR Hole #1: Conquer your TBR”

My fellow blogger Bookish Rita turned me on to this, which was originally Lia @ Lost in a Story’s idea. The rules are very simple:


  1. Sort your Goodreads to-be-read shelf from oldest to new;
  2. Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see;
  3. Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.
With only 101 books on my TBR list, here are last ten I put on my list:

Friday, January 11, 2019

A Female Journalistic Pioneer

Book Review of “What Girls are Good For: A Novel of Nellie Bly” by David Blixt.

 

Anyone who has studied journalism, or is interested in historical women who were pioneers in their fields, will probably have heard of Nellie Bly, aka Elizabeth Cochrane. Nellie was famous mostly for getting herself admitted to an insane asylum in New York in the late 1880s. Her goal was to find out exactly how the treatment was in these places, and her reports ended up having far-reaching consequences. In this novel, David Blixt gives us some insights into Nellie’s life through a fascinating, biographical, historical fiction account.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Inconvenient Separations




cover152794-mediumBook Review of “Brides in the Sky: Stories and a Novella” by Cary Holladay.

This book is a collection of eight short stories and a novella, which include the following:
  • Brides in the Sky
  • Shades
  • Comanche Queen
  • Fairy Tales
  • Interview with Etta Place, Sweetheart of the Sundance Kid
  • Ghost Walk
  • Operator
  • Hay Season
  • A Thousand Stings – a novella